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Image Testimonies

Witnessing in Times of Social Media, 1st Edition

Edited by Kerstin Schankweiler, Verena Straub, Tobias Wendl

Routledge

182 pages | 44 B/W Illus.

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Description

Recent political conflicts signal an increased proliferation of image testimonies shared widely via social media. Although witnessing with and through images is not a phenomenon of the internet era, contemporary digital image practices and politics have significantly intensified the affective economies of image testimonies. This volume traces the contours of these conditions and develops a conception of image testimony along four areas of focus.

The first and second section of this volume reflects the discussion of image testimonies as an interplay of evidential qualities and their potential to express affective relationalities and emotional involvement. The third section focuses on the question of how social media technologies shape and subsequently are shaped by image testimonies. To further complicate the ethical position of the witness, the final section looks at image testimony at the intersection of creation and destruction, taking into account the perspectives of different actors and their opposed moral positions.

With an emphasis on the affectivity of these images, Image Testimonies provides new and so far overlooked insights in the field. It will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as Sociology and Social Policy, Media and Communications, Visual Arts and Culture and Middle East Studies.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

  1. Image Testimonies: Witnessing in Times of Social Media – Kerstin Schankweiler, Verena Straub, Tobias Wendl
  2. PART I: EPISTEMOLOGIES OF TESTIMONIES

  3. Credibility in Crisis: Contradictions of Web Video Witnessing – Sascha Simons
  4. Affective Images and the Political Trial – Jonas Bens
  5. IN CONVERSATION: Fearless Filming—Video Footage from Syria since 2011 – Marianna Liosi with Guevara Namer and Amer Matar

    PART II: AFFECTIVE WITNESSING

  6. "Moroccan Lives Matter": Practices and Politics of Affecting – Kerstin Schankweiler
  7. Drone’s-Eye View: Affective Witnessing and Technicities of Perception – Michael Richardson
  8. PART III: SOCIAL MEDIA PRACTICES

  9. Photographic Witnessing, the Occupation, and Palestinian Politics – Simon Faulkner
  10. Witnessing to Survive: Selfie Videos, Live Mobile Witnessing and Black Necropolitics – Penelope Papailias
  11. Eye, Flesh, World: Three Modes of Digital Witnessing – Paul Frosh
  12. PART IV: WITNESSING DESTRUCTION

  13. "Living Martyrs": Testifying What is to Come – Verena Straub
  14. Testimonies for a New Social Order: The Islamic State’s Iconic Iconoclasm – Christoph Günther, Tom Bioly
  15. From Cape Town to Timbuktu: Iconoclastic Testimonies in the Age of Social Media – Tobias Wendl

About the Editors

Kerstin Schankweiler is an art historian and postdoctoral researcher at the Collaborative Research Center Affective Societies at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Verena Straub is an art historian and research associate at the Collaborative Research Center Affective Societies at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Tobias Wendl is Professor for the Arts and Visual Cultures of Africa at the Institute of Art History, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Affective Societies

The Routledge Studies in Affective Societies book series presents high-level academic work on the social dimensions of human affectivity. It aims at shaping, consolidating and promoting a new understanding of societies as Affective Societies, accounting for the fundamental importance of affect and emotion for human coexistence in the mobile and networked worlds of the twenty-first century.

Series Editors:

Birgitt Röttger-Rössler is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany  Birgitt.Roettger-Roessler@fu-berlin.de

Doris Kolesch is Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany  kolesch@zedat.fu-berlin.de

Editorial Board:

Professor Jan Slaby, Professor Christian von Scheve, Professor Hubert Knoblauch, Dr. Kerstin Schankweiler, Dr. Katharina Metz

Routledge Editor:

Emily Briggs  emily.briggs@tandf.co.uk

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General